Well, today marks six days since the start of Nano (that’s one fifth or 20% of the way through – my old maths teacher would be proud ;-)), so we thought we’d be nosey and ask you to share what your writing aspirations are between now and the end of 2013. If you’re not a writer, please tell us what you hope to clear from your TBR pile between now and then instead. Hopefully, by this time next year, in addition to having Helen Phifer’s second book in that pile, you’ll be able to add some of the rest of us to your reading list too 🙂
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you will already have heard the current writing plans for Julie, Jackie and Helen P. In addition to completing NaNo, Helen P is also contracted to complete a second novel for her publishers, Carina, following on from the fantastic success of The Ghost House. So Helen has even more pressure on her writing aspirations for the rest of the year, getting this second novel completed and good to go, as well as completing NaNo, than the rest of us.
Lynne, Alex and Deirdre (who has been enthused to make a late sign-up to NaNo) tell us below about their current writing aspirations and, as with NaNo itself, for some that’s a carefully planned path and for others a journey of mystery and suspense.
I’m going to try to sign up to NaNo but I’m just going to write 50k words like crazy. I might finish my existing book or start a new one. I quite like the idea of just writing with no plan and see how that goes. I get lots of plot/scene ideas in my head quite easily and I wonder how it would work out were I to make them into a book…
By the end of the year I hope to have made the edits to Beltane that were suggested by my NWS Reader and got the MS in shape ready to start submitting. I know from my day job that the business world tends to grind to a halt after the first week in December as everyone puts off dealing with anything new until after Christmas so I’ll hold off submitting until early in the New Year.
What I hope to achieve writing-wise by the end of 2013 has changed drastically since I suddenly decided to sign up for Nano, 5 days late as it were. I’m a bit worried about taking a month’s break from my contemporary romantic, ‘The Promise of Roses’, which is my intended submission for NWS next year, but there’s no choice about that if I want to give Nano a serious crack. Besides I’m loving the freedom of writing a brand new novel – working title ‘Dirty Weekend’ – especially as it’s different from my usual type of story. If it continues to go well, I’ll try to complete the first draft of the Nano novel by the end of the year because it doesn’t seem the kind of book I can stop and start. Hopefully I’ll also be close to finishing the first draft of ‘Promise’ by then too but I’m not setting myself any deadlines on that; as long as I can submit to NWS around March/April then I’ll be very happy with that.
I have edited my first manuscript again and finished another, so I’m really getting into it now! I guess my aspirations are as they’ve always been…keep writing, keep submitting, keep responding to feedback and keep heading towards the ultimate goal of publication.
Rachael has promised to come along and tell us all about her plans too. We look forward to hearing if you have similar aspirations to ours, or maybe you’re one of the mad bunch planning to achieve 150K by the end of NaNo? There are some of them out there!
Whatever you are planning, we hope your writing dreams come true and, if you happen to be passing a wishing well, please throw a coin in for us too 😉